Citizens air concerns over lagoon

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Emotions were running high Thursday evening as residents filled the Memorial Building to participate in a public hearing on operation of a sewer lagoon at dairy just south of Portales. The New Mexico Environment Department hearing was called by Environment Secretary Ron Curry after response, including a petition with [...]

Lagoon permit hearing set for today

PNT Staff Report A public hearing on a groundwater discharge permit for a Roosevelt County dairy is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Memorial Building, according to a press release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The hearing, originally scheduled for May 10, was postponed to allow the public more time to participate, according [...]

Regents address noxious odors

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University Regents unanimously approved a resolution Friday addressing noxious odors from outside the campus. The vote, which drew a packed house, clears the way for the university’s administration to speak up on behalf of the school at a New Mexico Environment Department public hearing on a [...]

City looks to combat odor problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors spent a good portion of Tuesday’s regular meeting dealing with odor issues — both their own wastewater treatment plant and a complaint that a dairy south of the city could potentially add to the smell. Councilors heard an update from Public Works Director Tom Howell on [...]

Dairy defends lagoon

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The owner of a dairy that was the source of a complaint before the Roosevelt County Commission said he is following state regulations and is doing everything possible to be a good neighbor. Kevin Breshears, owner of the Stepping Stone Dairy south of Portales, said the runoff lagoon he [...]

What’s that smell? Clean, fresh air

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By William P. Thompson The smell of money is not for everyone. And so some area dairy owners are adding technologically enhanced bacterial cultures to their lagoons in efforts to diminish odors. Doug Idsinga, owner of Crosswinds Dairy about 15 miles northeast of Portales on Highway 202, has been adding a bacterial product called Roetech-106 [...]